FBI Says Burglary is Up

The FBI has been tracking crime for many years, and now they're saying that the number of burglaries is increasing. In the United States over 2.1 million burglaries occur every year, and that accounts for over $3.3 billion in homeowner losses annually. Don't become one of the statistics just because you went on vacation without getting a home security system to monitor your possessions while you're away.

Simple Steps can Save you Grief While You're Away

The average burglary results in over $1,700 in losses. Security systems are improving all the time, so you owe it to yourself to investigate your options for home monitoring if you go to a home and garden show this season. For example, you can set up wireless cameras to monitor your possessions and check in on things over the Internet while you're away from home. And digital home monitoring systems are no longer tethered to phone lines anymore, so you don't have to worry about thieves disabling your security by cutting the phone lines.

But there are also many simple things you can do to discourage thievery. For example, before leaving, inspect your house from the outside and make sure no big ticket items show. Place rods in the tracks of all sliding doors to prevent thieves from forcing them open.  Don't have a rod? Often a broom handle will do the trick. Stop the newspaper delivery and have the post office hold your mail to prevent leaving clues that you're away. You can also put some of your home's lights on timers to make it look as if someone is home at night.

However, few things give the sense of security provided by a good home monitoring system. It may cost more than the steps outlined above, but you may find that a home security system can pay for itself with peace of mind and prevention of losses.


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